Tuesday, March 21, 2017
5:30 – 7:30pm
Outside on Stafford Commons, Talley Student Union
This family-friendly event is outdoors, free, and open to the public. Information on free parking can be found here.
This celebration is the culmination of the Nile Project residency at NC State LIVE. The event will feature a closing concert by The Nile Project, an interactive mural with NC State’s Crafts Center and guest artist Dare Coulter, Junk Jams with The Scrap Exchange, food from the Nile region, and more!
Rain site: In case of inclement weather, NileFEST will be held in the lobby of Talley Student Union.
About the Nile Project
The first Nile Project U.S. tour in 2015 earned raves from coast to coast. The New York Times called them “a committed, euphoric international coalition,” and Afropop Worldwide said the Nile Project was “nothing short of revolutionary.” In 2017, the Nile Project launches their second U.S. tour. The Nile Project will be in residence at NC State LIVE from March 15 to 21. Click here for full list of Nile Project events.
Founded in 2011 by Egyptian ethnomusicologist Mina Girgis and Ethiopian-American singer Meklit Hadero, the Nile Project is one of the tightest cross-cultural musical collaborations in history. This collective is made up of musicians from all along the great river that connects 11 countries and over 400 million people – a region marred by political and ecological conflicts.
Using music as a springboard, the Nile Project inspires, educates, and empowers stakeholders to collectively work towards the sustainability of their shared ecosystem.
And they play extraordinary music.
The Nile Project is a statewide collaborative initiative of the Bardo Arts Center at Western Carolina University, the Batte Center at Wingate, NC State LIVE (in partnership with the NC State Music Department), the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at Appalachian State University, the S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series at East Carolina University, and UNCW Presents. While at NC State March 15-21, the university’s deep commitment to sustainable practices will provide fertile ground for a week of participatory workshops and presentations that explore cultural, political and environmental issues through a musical lens.
This project is made possible by grants from the NC State University Sustainability Fund; the NC State University Foundation; the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources; and is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the N.C. Arts Council.